Chiropractic Care for Middle Back Pain
By Sara Butler
You hear a lot about lower back pain and neck pain, but what about middle back pain? Many people suffer from issues related to middle back pain, making it a real concern for a lot of people. Here’s what you need to know about middle back pain and how the chiropractors at The Joint can help.
Middle Back Pain: What is it?
Back pain experienced anywhere between the bottom of your rib cage and base of your neck is known as middle back pain. Basically, the thoracic spine. The most common causes of middle back pain include:
- Posture issues – If you slouch or hunch forward for long periods of time (such as sitting at a desk on your computer), then it can cause middle back pain
- Repetitive use – Any time you do something over and over again that involves the middle back, it can cause problems with the muscles, ligaments, and tendons
- Injury – Any injury to the structure of the back can result in pain
- Spinal stenosis – This occurs when the spaces inside the spine narrow and press on the nerves, resulting in pain.
- Osteoporosis – Bone loss can cause problems with the vertebrae and cause pain
- Arthritis – If you have arthritis in your back, then it can cause pain
The symptoms of middle back pain are easy to spot. A dull, constant ache in this area of the back, sharp pains, stiffness, tightness, problems breathing, and reduced mobility are all symptoms that something is going on with this part of your spine and needs to be addressed by a chiropractor.
Reduce Your Risk
Seeing the chiropractor for regular chiropractic adjustments is one very important way to reduce your risk of developing middle back pain. You can also choose a mattress that supports your back properly, use proper posture when sitting or standing, strengthen the core muscles in the abdomen, and avoid activities with repetitive motions involving the back.
Your chiropractor may also give you stretches and strengthening exercises to do to help address issues you’re having with middle back pain or avoid them altogether.
Middle back pain is kind of like middle children in a family -- it often feels overlooked but is no less important! If you suffer from middle back pain, talk to a chiropractor at The Joint today!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.